Canadian government announces more than $300,000 to research right-wing extremism

Plan includes interviews with former and current extremists

The Government of Canada is issuing over $300,000 in new funding to strengthen the understanding of right-wing extremism in Canada. The research will include interviews with law enforcement, community anti-hate activists and former and current extremists, as well as examine the online content and media coverage surrounding right-wing extremism.

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Right-wing extremism is typically driven by hostility towards an array of groups including racial and religious minorities as well as immigrants. The alt-right also conveys a message of anti-government and anti-law enforcement sentiment.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Karen McCrimmon, made the announcement on March 6 for an ‘updated, comprehensive overview of the right-wing extremism movement in Canada,’ states a news release issued from Public Safety Canada. The University of Ontario Institute of Technology will receive$366,985 over the course of three years from the Canadian Government.

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The results will be an up-to-date national survey on the beliefs, motivations, activities and connections that characterize right-wing extremism in Canada leading to increased support for law enforcement, the intelligence community, policy makers and community organizations to tackle issues associated with this type of extremism. This includes hate crimes and the promotion of hatred and fear in the communities and on the internet.

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